YouTube joins up with T-Mobile’s Binge On program
According to an announcement made by T-Mobile this week, Google's popular video-sharing service YouTube and some other popular video streaming services are coming on board the carrier's controversial data-free 'Binge On' program.
The Binge On mobile video streaming service was launched by T-Mobile last fall. The service essentially enables T-Mobile subscribers to watch Netflix, HBO and other partnering online services, without having the data consumed by those services use up their monthly cellular plan.
When T-Mobile launched the Binge On service, YouTube was one of the noticeably missing partners for the service which arguably brings down the quality of most video streams. YouTube had not only refused to participate in T-Mobile's Binge On program, but had also slammed the service for reducing the quality of YouTube videos.
However, the technical issues highlighted by YouTube in the T-Mobile Binge on Program have evidently been resolved. While T- Mobile had initially switched on the Binge On service for all its subscribers by default, giving them the option of opting out of it manually, the carrier has now made adjustments to the service and has also made its 'opt out' option much easier.
As such, with regard to YouTube's decision to be a Binge On partner service, Google said in a recent blog post: "We think these changes, which T-Mobile is making for all users and video providers on a non-preferential basis, can help ensure that the program works well for all users and the entire video ecosystem."
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